September 29, 2017

Berwyn, Illinois (NED).–A BDC philanthropic grant was awarded to Youth Crossroads, Inc. for their Community Mural Project. The project engaged local teens and middle school youth by providing them with the opportunity to get involved with the beautification of Heritage Middle School. After careful planning and collaboration with local artist Sandro Murillo, a 20’ by 20’ mural was constructed. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the mural was held in conjunction with the Berwyn Development Corporation, Heritage Middle School and Youth Crossroads, Inc. on September 8.


The inspiration behind the community mural project came from a collaborative effort amongst 75 middle school students on how they perceive and what forms their community.  From diversity to landmarks to education, equality and love, the students were able to create a visual for others reflecting how they envision the community of Berwyn. The "Gatekeepers" is a representation of how our youth inspires our community and how our community inspires our youth. 


“The philanthropic grant from the BDC to Youth Crossroads provided an outstanding opportunity for community collaboration as evidenced by the beautiful mural designed and installed at Heritage Middle School. Working in partnership over the summer months, high school teens from Youth Crossroads, middle school students, staff from Heritage and mural designer Sandro Murillo designed and installed the mosaic that will grace the exterior of the school for years to come,” said Youth Development Programs Coordinator Sandra Gonzalez.


Youth Crossroads, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization whose mission is to act in the best interest of youth, guiding them through life’s challenges and inspiring them to discover new opportunities for personal development, healthy relationships and positive community involvement. The organization recently completed its 43rd year of service. This year alone, Youth Crossroads has increased its professional staff, expanded its crisis service area to Oak Park and River Forest, provided program innovations including LGBT support, student readiness for college and expansion of youth volunteer opportunities through community partnerships, and much more.


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